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Album : Tim Buckley – Sefronia

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This was the second Tim Buckley album that CB acquired.  After ‘Greetings From L.A.’ I was wanting more TB. ‘Dolphins’ (Fred Neil song. He wrote Everybody’s Talking) opens the record. It’s toned down from the previous record but I was getting that distinctive voice. ‘Honey Man’ gets back in the groove that I was familiar with.  Sexy, bluesy with some nice guitar and Buckley’s passionate, sensual vocals. ‘Because of You’ is a mixed bag of jazzy, blues with some strings thrown in.  Love this tune. TB is feeling the lyrics on this one. His singing just grabbed me. ‘Peanut Man’ has a little Harry Nilsson’s vibe. Various vocalists on this with a nice sax break. Funky tune. ‘Martha’ ends side one. It’s a phone call to an ex lover and a change of pace. Love Tim’s take on this Tom Waits (a new song writer to CB) tune. This song appealed to CB’s romantic side. I like this one. Buckley sings with so much feeling.

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Side two opens up with ‘Quicksand and it’s back in that groove that I dug. I love this shit. I could listen to a whole side of Buckley doing this. He has his own way of expressing his desires. He does a duet on the next cut. Buckley probably could have played it safe and gone this route and made a few bucks. I like the tune but glad he stayed with the edge. ‘Stone In Love’ has him back in his funk saddle. Like this one a lot. The title cut is Buckley exploring more of his musical ideas. I really liked it when he does this. I wasn’t hearing anything like it in what I was listening to. He always sings with so much feeling and passion. Lives the songs. ‘Sally’ ends the record on a good note with Tim going downtown for a good time.

This album solidified my craving for more of Tim Buckley’s music.  Lots here to like.  A few changes and a mix of styles which worked for me. I always like musicians exploring different ideas. There was still lots of the groove that grabbed me from the first album I heard. TB was a great piece to CB’s collection and i wasn’t going to stop here. There was lots more of his music out there. This music appealed to me. Simple as that.

 

 

 

 

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13 comments on “Album : Tim Buckley – Sefronia

  1. Vinyl Connection
    May 20, 2018

    What a great example of how it depends where you start. From “Greetings” to this worked well for you, CB, and I am real glad. Sadly, I cannot report the same – it’s OK-enough. Better than “Look at the Fool”, at least, but coming from the off-kilter folk of the early stuff and jazzy hallucinations of favourite “Blue Afternoon”, I recall feeling let down by what I saw as a lack of imagination. But in honour of your good self, I’ll drag it out tomorrow and have another spin. Sometimes time helps, yes?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 20, 2018

      I think your absolutely right ( I’ll get to those other ones later. The one I’m reaching for the most lately is ‘Happy/Sad’). When I listen to Sofronia it still pulls up emotions and memories for me. A younger CB was discovering this music and it made an impact on him that’s why I went onto all his music. So much on this album that still moves me. Good input Bruce. As usual.

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  2. christiansmusicmusings
    May 20, 2018

    Thanks for pointing him out! I had heard his name before but never explored his music. Unfortunately, Buckley’s last two albums (this one and “Look At The Fool”) aren’t in Apple Music, so I listened to “Greetings From LA” – that certainly got my attention!

    I guess I should have figured there’s a reason why Gregg Allman decided to choose a Tim Buckley tune (“Once I Was”) for his final album “Southern Blood” – great song, BTW!

    Too bad Buckley is one of so many talented music artists we lost early. Dying at only 28 years old, one can only imagine what else he would have done.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 20, 2018

      Thanks for the words. You have a whole wealth of great music ahead of you if you’re inclined to listen to it. ‘Greetings’ is where I came in with Tim. I did a take on it a while back. catchgroove did a really good piece.
      Yeah I heard Greggs version. Very good. Yeah so many great musicians left to early. It would have been interesting to hear what Buckley “would have done”. My guess is it at least would have been interesting. He had so many musical ideas.

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  3. J.
    May 21, 2018

    I don’t know this one at all, CB. My Tim Buckley collection is actually pretty limited, but Blue Afternoon may just be my favourite. Probably. He has some great stuff, eh? And I’ve yet to get to some of it!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 21, 2018

      My intro was ‘Greetings’ and i really dig that one. Funky, jazzy uncensored. ‘Blue afternoon’ is a good one. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to him.

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      • J.
        May 21, 2018

        Greetings was my intro too (I think). He has some great albums… really excellent summer or autumn listening.

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  4. greenpete58
    May 21, 2018

    Is “Dolphins” the Fred Neil song? (I’m assuming so.) I have “Goodbye and Hello,” but I rarely listen to it. I always associate Buckley with Tim Hardin, another NY folkie and tragic soul. Buckley brought the goods, no doubt about it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 21, 2018

      Yes it’s the Neil song. I should go back and edit that. We discussed that song before from one of your takes I think. Buckley does a nice job with it. I got into his hard side first then went back to the early stuff. Yeah he was a bit of a tortured soul. I should give Hardin some time and i will.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 21, 2018

      Just popped over to your place and seen the new take . I’m all over that one.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 31, 2018

      Just heard Fred’s version of Dolphins. Good stuff.

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  5. Jim S.
    May 22, 2018

    Hey, I like this. I didn’t listen to everything but what I heard I dug. I think I’ll spin it on Spotify on the way out tomorrow.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 22, 2018

      Mixed styles on the cuts but I really dig Buckleys funky side. Good players with him. I also like the changes he goes through in his music.

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